We strive to provide clear, straightforward, and attainable minimum admission requirements for prospective applicants. These minimum requirements are intended to serve as the guide for those interested in applying to the EMU PA Program. New PA students enter the program annually in May.
For those planning to apply to start the EMU PA Program in May 2018, the application cycle opens on April 26, 2017 and closes on September 1, 2017. For an application to be considered, the program requires a completed CASPA application and an EMU Graduate Application by our deadline (see Admissions Process for details).
The following are the minimum requirements for an application to be reviewed and evaluated by the EMU PA Program Admission Committee. All of the admissions requirements must be met in order for an applicant to have a chance at being admitted. Simply meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee progression to the on-campus interview stage of the admissions process.
A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution (as evaluated by Educational Perspectives) must be completed prior to matriculation. Candidates may apply while their degree is in progress, but degree completion demonstrated by transcript evaluation is necessary prior to matriculation into the PA Program. The PA Program begins on May 2, 2018.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required at the time of application. GPAs are calculated by CASPA. A cumulative undergraduate GPA includes all college courses taken prior to receiving a bachelor degree and undergraduate courses taken after receiving a bachelor degree (such as pre-admission courses). It is the expectation that the average successful applicant has a GPA much higher than 3.0. Although graduate work will be considered in the evaluation of a prospective student's application, GPA for admission will be based solely on undergraduate coursework.
At least 5 of the following 7 pre-admission courses must be completed at the time of application. All of the following pre-admission courses must be completed and fulfill all associated requirements prior to matriculation into the EMU PA Program. Visit Pre-Admissions Courses for more detailed information, including descriptions of and deadlines for completion of courses.
The GRE revised General Test or GRE General Test is required and plays a significant role in applicant evaluation. Scores must be available prior to CASPA application submission. Candidates selected for an on-campus interview will be required to provide appropriate GRE score documentation directly to EMU. In the event that appropriate score reports are not provided to EMU, the candidate will be removed from consideration for admission.
There is no minimum GRE score necessary for admission. The GRE will only send official score reports from the most recent five years. The EMU PA Program will occasionally make exceptions, based on special circumstances, for GRE tests taken more than five years ago. Contact the EMU PA Program for more information.
The EMU PA Program's Institution Code is 3646.
Two reference letters are necessary, while more can also be submitted via CASPA. There is no specific requirement regarding the credentials or background of the individuals who supply the letters of reference. We recommend applicants obtain references from individuals who are qualified to evaluate their intellectual abilities, interpersonal skills and ability to meet the demands of an academically rigorous physician assistant student curriculum. Examples of those who commonly supply letters of reference include health care professionals (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.), employment supervisors, science instructors or other college professors, or anyone qualified to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate-level student and future physician assistant.
All letters of reference must be submitted through CASPA, in accordance with CASPA guidelines. CASPA will process an applicant's application and deem it "complete" as long as at least two references and all other requirements are completed.
Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours is preferred but not required for applicants. Preference will be given to candidates with direct patient care experiences, particularly those working as nurses or corpsman with higher levels of patient interaction and medical decision-making. Preference will also be given to candidates who have completed greater numbers of hours of experience. Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours can occur in a volunteer or paid position in a wide range of health care settings. Visit Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours for more information. Clinical hours logged must be completed prior to application; Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours obtained after submitting the CASPA application may not be used. Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours obtained outside of the United States health care system will not be considered.
All applicants to the EMU PA Program that have taken any college/university courses at non-U.S institutions must submit an evaluation of all non-U.S. post-secondary education using Educational Perspectives (EP). EP is the only educational credential evaluation service that is accepted by EMU and the EMU PA Program. A "Detailed" Report (course by course evaluation) is required. This evaluation will provide a U.S.-equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) and be used in conjunction with coursework completed within the US to determine the applicant's GPA and eligibility for PA Program admission. Please visit the EMU EP webpage: www.edperspective.org/emich for details on how to submit the evaluation request and obtain an EP application form. The EP evaluation must be received by EMU by September 1.
An international applicant is defined as a student who is either not a United States citizen or a student who has educational credentials (any college/university courses) obtained outside the United States. All applicants with non-U.S. post secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their credentials to EMU using Educational Perspectives (EP). EP is the only educational credential evaluation service that is accepted by EMU. A "Detailed" Report (course by course evaluation) is required and must be received by CASPA and EMU by the application deadline. This evaluation will be used to determine eligibility for admission to EMU, if the non-U.S. institution is recognized and provide a U.S.-equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). A four-year bachelor's degree from a Ministry of Education recognized or accredited institution is the minimum degree requirement for admission. Please visit the EMU EP webpage: www.edperspective.org/emich for details on how to submit the evaluation request and obtain an EP application form. The EP evaluation must be received by EMU by September 1.
All international applicants are expected to understand and meet all other eligibility requirements for admission to the EMU PA Program and the Graduate School. For more information about the Graduate School requirements, please visit the International Graduate Student webpage. Applicants should refer to our PA Program's Admissions Process webpage for specific application procedures for our program. For questions about residency/visa or financial requirements, please contact the Office of International Admissions at email@example.com.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT examination. For the PA Program, the primary language used in during high school attendance is considered the native language. No other form of the TOEFL or other tests will be accepted. A minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL iBT is required for consideration for admission into the EMU PA Program. Please note that this is a program-specific minimum requirement and simply meeting the University requirement does not fulfill the PA program requirement. Applicants must self report their TOEFL scores on the CASPA application and send an official TOEFL score report to EMU by September 1.
All applicants must be aware of and are subject to the EMU PA Program required Technical Standards. Open the Technical Standards pdf for detailed information.
In addition to the above requirements, all EMU PA Program students must agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the program. These can be found in the EMU PA Program Student Handbook.
To find answers to specific questions about the PA Program admissions requirements, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.487.2843. Please note, the EMU PA Program does not setup individual advising/counseling sessions with prospective applicants. Current EMU students may book an advising appointment with Linda Jerome by calling 734.487.0918. To learn more about the PA Program, meet current students and tour the facilities, you are invited to attend one of the PA Program Information Sessions.